‘Get Out of the Water’ (Jaws) - Custom Canvas Limited Edition 1AP

Mark Davies British Artist

  • This bloody film still haunts me! Hopefully I’m not alone, that would just be embarrassing, wouldn’t it?

    2016 saw me create a collection all on iconic movies, I chose to call it ‘Lost in Hollywood’ after a System of a Down track. Who knew?! I had no idea that it would be so well received and create the platform to really build and evolve as an artist when I embarked on my journey as an independent artist in 2018. 4 more collections followed and countless other pieces that sit within the ‘LIH brand, and we have barely scratched the surface. Speaking of surfaces….

    Within that 2016 collection was a piece entitled ‘You’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat’ – a dramatic and unique interpretation on the Spielberg classic ‘JAWS’! What this piece also did was first introduce the statement that ‘greed breeds monsters’ – a concept that has continued to feature within my work as my experience grew. My take on JAWS looked at who was really the monster and intruder, was this a case of a man-made monster? That piece was so successful for many a reason, but I know you lot loves the sense of depth and vibrancy that masked the sinister nature of it and its concept.

    So, when planning this Spring / Summer collection and looking back to past collections there was one piece that I had never done a follow up to and that was JAWS, this was probably down to a genuine fear of the robotic bitch and what lies beneath in open water. I have created several pieces that are seascapes, depicting The Goonies and Pirates of the Caribbean among others so this was a particular pull for me. The initial thinking was to create a similar composition to my 2019 ‘Lost Boys’ piece ‘Thou Shalt Not Fall’ where you saw details on the beach of Amity Island and then the iconic Orca boat moored just offshore. I made a start and then felt a pull, not on my leg luckily, although that is often George the Bulldog! Something didn’t feel right, and it became clear. I wanted to play on the unease that comes from being isolated in the ocean and that fear of not knowing what lies beneath, the more you think about it and if you let it run riot within your mind can become claustrophobic, well so they say ;)

    So that plan was sunk, and I embarked on a different direction where this sense of isolation and vulnerability could shine (how funny, I’m typing so quickly I just typed the word ‘shit’ and now ‘shot’ trying to write ‘shit’. I’ve been here too long! ‘Get Out of The Water’ is such a striking image and shows the contrast between an ageing and battered ‘Orca’ boat bobbing up and down within a vast expanse of sea. It was actually the boat that went in much later on as I wanted to focus on the seascape and the sky above to create the atmosphere. Have you seen it yet?! Red light spells danger, right?

    Danger can come at you from every direction in such a remote environment and that screams here! Look closely… Once the background was complete, I was absolutely buzzing and without doubt this piece involved the most amount of test prints to get the colours right and to ensure that you could see enough but not too much! When the boat was in place it just took the image to a whole never level, getting the size ratio bang on was critical. It was then time for the subtle details, and I mean really subtle. Going back to earlier when I mentioned that I have asked the question as to who the real monster is and who is killing who, look closely at the cracking oil drum that tarnishes the ocean ‘KINTNER’ – the liquid that flows out into the water links back to the 2016 piece, as do the fish, or what is left of them. Now I know you guys love to seek out the meaning and reasoning why I place a particular detail – well if you get the bird reference then I will be really impressed!

     


    1. Released: 2024
    2. Collection: Decadence
    3. Edition Size: 20 + 5AP
    4. Specification: Hand embellished heavyweight artist canvas, double framed, hand signed by artist.
    5. Image Size: 36” x 27"
    6. Framed Size (Approx): 41.5” x 32"
    1. Get in touch for overseas delivery
    2. Available for immediate despatch or collection from the Hive

Category: Horror, Jaws, Movie, Movie Art, Movies, seascape

Type: Limited Edition




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